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Zlatan Ibrahimovic targets Hollywood career after hanging up football boots

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LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is keen to make a name for himself in films once he has retired from football, and believes he can be a leading man. But then he would.

Now 36, retirement has to be a consideration for the Swedish great, but he has his goals set out – and its in Hollywood. “I think leading man – something like Rambo, Bourne Identity, because I think I have the skills to do those things,” he told US radio.

Zlatan reckons he could be better than Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren, who is famous for playing Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.

“Somebody says I could be like the bad guy in the movie, because my English is like Ivan Drago. But I see myself better than that,” he said.

He continued in typical Zlatan fashion, claiming that there isn’t a Hollywood star he’d like to meet: “They want to meet me.”

Of course, if he did make the move, Zlatan would not be the first footballer to end up on the silver screen once his playing days were over. Former Wimbledon hard man Vinnie Jones has carved out a successful movie career, including appearing in an X-Men movie. Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has also appeared in films since his retirement.

Given Zlatan’s career to date, you wouldn’t rule it out, but he hasn’t finished being a star on the pitch just yet.

All the factz on Everton v Newcastle United, including which TV channel its on

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Premier League football is back on a Monday night, with Everton taking on Newcastle United at Goodison Park in a mid-table clash. The match kicks off at 8pm and the match is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

• A Wayne Rooney goal was the difference between the sides when they met earlier in the season. That was Everton’s 4th win in a row against the Magpies.
• Everton haven’t won in 3 PL matches – 1 loss and 2 draws.
• Meanwhile Newcastle have won their last 4 matches, and have lost just one of their last 9.
• Rooney loves playing against Newcastle – he’s scored 15 goals against them over the years, more than he’s scored against any other team.
• Ayoze Perez has scored in each of his last 3 matches for Newcastle. If he scores tonight, he will be the first player to do that since Papis Cisse scored in 6 consecutive matches back in 2012.

Liverpool lining up summer move for Manchester United midfielder Maroune Fellaini

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Liverpool are looking to snap up Manchester United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer this summer – but they face competition for his signature.

Fellaini, 30, looks certain to leave Old Trafford this summer when his contract ends. He has been in and out of the United side and is looking for more regular game time.

Rumours have been circulating for a few weeks about the Reds making a move for Fellaini and refuse to go away. Manager Juergen Klopp is known to be looking to bolster his midfield and the big Belgian would offer something different to the current members of his squad.

But Liverpool will face competition for his signature, with a number of clubs said to have already contacted Fellaini’s representatives. These include European giants Paris St-Germain and Juventus, French side Monaco and Turkish outfit Besiktas, as well as West Ham United and Leicester City from the Premier League.

As Fellaini is available on a free, then it could escalate into a bidding war, with the player knowing this could be his last big pay day. Thoughts are he could double his wages, currently thought to be £80,000 a week.

All the factz you need on the Chelsea v Southampton FA Cup semi-final, including which TV channel it is on

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In the second of the FA Cup semi-finals Chelsea play Southampton at Wembley Stadium for the right to play Manchester United in the final. The match kicks off at 3pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Chelsea did the double over Saints in the PL, including coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 last week.
* Chelsea have a great record in record FA Cup semi-finals, having progressed in 11 of their last 14.
* This is Southampton’s first semi-final since they met Watford in 2003. On that occasion they won, but lost in the final to Arsenal.
* In their run, Saints have scored 6 goals – all by different players – and conceded just one.
* Chelsea have scored 10 goals in this season’s FA Cup and conceded 2, one each against Norwich and Leicester City.

All the factz on Manchester City v Swansea City, including which TV channel its on

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The final match in the Premier League today sees champions Manchester City take on Swansea City, who are looking to secure their place in the Premier League for another season. The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Manchester City walloped Swansea 0-4 at the Liberty Stadium back in December, with goals from Silva, De Bruyne and Aguero.
* City have dropped just 5 points at home all season.
* Swansea have drawn 3 of their last 4 PL matches, losing the other.
* If City win, they will set a new record of 29 wins in a top-flight season.
* Swansea have scored just 27 goals in the PL so far – the joint lowest in the division – 66 fewer than City have scored.